Samoa Cancer Society appoints new Executive Officer

L-R:Vice-President Dr. Ben Matalavea, Outgoing Executive Officer Christine Hurley, President Daryl Clarke, incoming EO La-Toya Lee, Executive member Amanda Lam

L-R:Vice-President Dr. Ben Matalavea, Outgoing Executive Officer Christine Hurley, President Daryl Clarke, incoming EO La-Toya Lee, Executive member Amanda Lam

APIA: FRIDAY 11 JANUARY 2013: The Samoa Cancer Society has appointed a new Executive Officer to replace Christine Hurley when she returns to New Zealand at the end of January.

Samoa Cancer Society’s President, Leiataualesa Daryl Clarke, announced today that La-Toya Peka Lee of Vailele-Uta will join the Society as its new EO on 21 January.

“La-Toya Lee is ideally placed to lead our organisation into the future,” said Mr Clarke.  “She has worked with the Ministry of Health as a Principal Policy Analyst, as well as being the National Health Accounts Coordinator.  She has been centrally involved in the development of Samoa’s health policies, and understands the policy, advocacy and communication environments in which our NGO must operate.  She has experience in writing funding proposals, developing project budgets and liaising with our key health sector development partners. La-Toya has a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics, management and public administration.  She is fluent in English and Samoan. We look forward to Ms Lee joining the Society and working with us to continue to develop our cancer awareness programs and services and support for cancer patients and their families.

“We are of course sad to say goodbye to Christine Hurley, who was our inaugural Executive Officer when we set up the National Cancer Resource Centre in August 2011.  Over the past eighteen months, she has worked with Si’u Tapelu and later Joyce Roache as senior community nurses to establish the Centre, promote awareness of the risks and symptoms of cancer, and provide much-needed information and guidance for cancer patients and their families. We wish Christine all the best on her return to New Zealand and extend to her our deep gratitude for her hard work in helping establish the Samoa Cancer Society as a permanent feature of the NGO landscape able to successfully deliver services to our community in the fight against cancer.”

“We have a strong Executive Committee, a very good team of staff and international volunteers joining us shortly together with a generous group of Society members and sponsors. We look forward to working with the community and our sponsors in 2013 to improve cancer survival rates, provide improved patient care services through the health sector and continue to increase public awareness of the second highest cause of death in our community,” says Clarke.

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